The Practical Nursing Program opens August of each year for summer admission. The deadline to apply is December 15th.
Summer 2024 Generic Application
PN Admissions Ranking Score Sheet
Vaccine Notice for Clinicals

This application period is for the Practical Nursing Program on the Shoals Campus and the Registered Nursing Program at the Phil Campbell Campus. You may apply to both programs on the same application. 

The Practical Nursing (PN) Program is three semesters in length. Students are admitted to the program once a year. Northwest Shoals Community College will no longer offer a fall admission into the practical nursing (PN) program. Instead of a fall admission, a summer admission will be offered. The curriculum is currently under review.

The Practical Nursing program enables the student to obtain the skills and knowledge leading to employment in the health care field. Topics related to safe, knowledgeable, and efficient nursing care are included. The program is approved by the Alabama Board of Nursing. Graduates are eligible to apply to take the state licensing examination (NCLEX-PN) for licensure as Practical Nurses. Graduation from the program however, does not guarantee Board of Nursing approval to take the NCLEX-PN licensing examination.

Note to Students Located Outside the State of Alabama:  The Practical Nursing program prepares students to take the examination required by the Alabama Board of Nursing to be a Licensed Practical Nurse in the state of Alabama.  It is not intended to prepare students for licensure in U.S. Territories, the District of Columbia, or states other than Alabama.  Contact the state regulatory agency for nursing in any other state for which this information is needed.

Practical Nursing Program Student Handbook:

Nursing Program Questions?

Mandy Winstead
Nursing Outcomes Analyst and Assistant to Executive Director of Phil Campbell Campus and Nursing Education
Email: mwinstead@nwscc.edu
Phone: 256-331-6279

C. Shea Thomas
Assistant Director of Nursing Education and Nursing Instructor
Email:  cthomas@nwscc.edu
Phone:  256-331-6252

Brittney Humphres
Executive Director of Phil Campbell Campus and Nursing Education
Email: bhumphres@nwscc.edu
Phone: 256-331-6207